A few weeks ago, on my way to the airport, the taxi driver said something funny. He wondered how many people and countries were fed by Algeria. He was of course thinking of all those projects the Algerian state awarded to foreign companies which employed foreign workers, and he thought countries such as China, Canada, France, the USA, Japan, etc. would experience some sort of famine without these projects.
I remembered a similar statement made almost a year ago by Ahmed Ouyahia. But the Algerian PM wasn’t talking of the state projects but rather the fact most of the food Algeria buys and sometimes subsidises was given (smuggled) to our neighbours.
These two men had two different perspectives making them ignore (because I know they see it) the obvious. The obvious, which is my perspective, being the fact that Algeria is actually fed by the whole world.

None of the above perspectives is 100% false, they all carry a share of truth in them. And choosing one over another leads you to a different reaction. It is not important most of the time, but when “you” is the government, it becomes important that you get your perspective right if you want to fix the issues… Or perhaps you consider all the perspectives.

And since our government only believes in foreign expertise, here are two foreign perspectives:

TSA reported today that Algeria ranked 73rd in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s report on food security. The EIU’s evaluation was based on an index which looked at metrics related to the affordability, accessibility, availability, nutritional value and safety of food.

The second perspective was reported by Algerian newspaper l’Expression. Laura Baeza Giralt’s, former European ambassador in Algeria, who leaves the country after four years has apparently learnt nothing about it given the perspective that is reported by the newspaper. It’s like she never left her residence. But to be honest, I wonder if the journalist didn’t mix the ambassador’s words with the newspaper’s usual message 🙂

Given the fact this newspaper is pro-government and judging by the tone of the journalist who wrote the article, I tend to believe that the Algerian government will choose the latter perspective and do nothing (“L’Algérie va bien, merci!” says the article) since we lead such a great life and are envied by the Europeans.

PS: L’Expression’s article could have been the sole topic of my post with all the ineptitudes it included, but it would have been a more depressing post.


4 thoughts on “Perspectives

  1. algerians simply do not work hard. they are lazy and depend on the government. what can my county do for me rather than what I can do for my county.
    you know them, How many Algerians do not want to do any manual labor they do not have a nose for exploratory buissness

  2. The role of the Algerian government is all about trying to keep a balance between the continuous stream of oil revenues and the growing levels of public spending, population demands, entitlements etc … with an acceptable level of law and order. In other word it is about sharing or redistributing wealth. And any one trying to talk about development or revitalizing the economy is a plain liar or ignorant and without numbers (which are the single most important missing piece of data – anyone knows the real unemployment rate in this country?) it is easy even for some European diplomate out of nowhere to say any thing about the economy which is obviously in a very dire situation.

    • Welcome Anzio_express and thanks for commenting.
      Even if we had data it would always be possible to interpret them and see them through some… perspective. But I agree, and perhaps real development will be an objective when the government will find out it is necessary to keep this balance and acceptable level of law and order.

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